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To contact a court, type your postcode or suburb into the find a court function above.  Alternatively, type the name of the court e.g. Melbourne Magistrates' Court. 

Which court do I go to?

You must go to the correct court for your legal matter. This is called the .

The proper venue may change depending on the legal matter before the court. 

Criminal matters

A charge and , or notice to appear will detail the court venue and date for a court appearance. 

In criminal matters, the proper venue is the court closest to:

  • where the offence is alleged to have been committed; or 
  • where the lives. 

Civil matters

The is required to file a civil matter at the proper venue. Consideration should be given to where the:

  • lives
  • defendant conducts their business - if the civil matter is related to the business
  • the dispute or issue occurred
  • contract was executed or carried out. 

In civil matters, the proper venue is the court closest to: 

  • the place where the subject-matter of the complaint started; or
  • where the defendant lives.

Intervention orders

Information about the proper venue for family violence intervention orders can be found on the family violence website.

An interim order can be made at any Magistrates’ Court venue. Once an interim order application has been decided, the matter may be transferred to the proper venue for the next hearing.  

General enquiries 

If you would like to make a general enquiry please forwarded an email to help@magistratescourt.vic.gov.au

Magistrates' Courts

Metropolitan Courts

Broadmeadows Magistrates' Court
Dandenong Magistrates' Court
Frankston Magistrates' Court
Heidelberg Magistrates' Court
Melbourne Magistrates' Court
Moorabbin Justice Centre
Neighbourhood Justice Centre
Ringwood Magistrates' Court
Sunshine Magistrates' Court
Werribee Magistrates' Court

Country Courts

Ararat Magistrates' Court
Bacchus Marsh Magistrates' Court
Bairnsdale Magistrates' Court
Ballarat Magistrates' Court
Benalla Magistrates' Court
Bendigo Magistrates' Court
Castlemaine Magistrates' Court
Cobram Magistrates' Court
Colac Magistrates' Court
Corryong Magistrates' Court
Dromana Magistrates' Court
Echuca Magistrates' Court
Edenhope Magistrates' Court
Geelong Magistrates' Court
Hamilton Magistrates' Court
Hopetoun Magistrates' Court
Horsham Magistrates' Court
Kerang Magistrates' Court
Korumburra Magistrates' Court
Kyneton Magistrates' Court
Latrobe Valley Magistrates' Court
Mansfield Magistrates' Court
Maryborough Magistrates' Court
Mildura Magistrates' Court
Myrtleford Magistrates' Court
Nhill Magistrates' Court
Omeo Magistrates' Court
Orbost Magistrates' Court
Ouyen Magistrates' Court
Portland Magistrates' Court
Robinvale Magistrates' Court
Sale Magistrates' Court
Seymour Magistrates' Court
Shepparton Magistrates' Court
St Arnaud Magistrates' Court
Stawell Magistrates' Court
Swan Hill Magistrates' Court
Wangaratta Magistrates' Court
Warrnambool Magistrates' Court
Wodonga Magistrates' Court
Wonthaggi Magistrates' Court

Last updated on 20 Dec 2018